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ROBERTSON, Robert MacBeth

Born: 1871 06 20
Died: 1951

Architect


Year registered: 1927

Was born in Cheltenham, England and served his indentures with AB Crombie, FRIBA, Dumfries, before going to Manchester where he worked for Solomon & Steinthal. He arrived in South Africa in April 1888 aged seventeen and was first employed by C DUNSCOMBE in Cape Town on the drainage plans for Cape Town and suburbs. He joined the Railway Engineering staff in Cape Town before entering George RANSOME's office in 1890 where he remained until 1896 when he won the competition for Stellenbosch Boys' High School in association with FW HESSE and set up practice on his own account in Stellenbosch. An account of his career is given in the note 'Contemporary Architects' (SAA&B May 1905:157-8). His designs were for the most part classical in the Edwardian manner, examples of these are the Theological College at Stellenbosch, which he designed before 1905, and the graceful gabled and pilastered building in Free Renaissance style for EK Green in Cape Town (pre-1905). Around 1906/1908 he left Cape Town for the Transvaal (Gauteng) where he was resident in Benoni by 1909 and a member of the Association of Transvaal Architects. By 1918 the ATA advertised for Robertson's current address, along with twelve others; Robertson was still in the Transvaal where he worked for the rest of his career of which currently nothing is known and as yet no buildings by him have been recorded from this period. He married Emma O'Grady in 1894.

SASA 1902; ISAA 1927. (ISAA mem list; SAA&B May 1905:157-8; SAWW 1909; UTD 1909, 1915)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

List of projects

With photographs
With notes


2 Double storeyed houses for G Hankinson: 1901. Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Double storeyed houses for Messrs G Morris and M Levin: 1902. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Double storeyed shops and houses for RW Falconer: 1898. Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Double storeyed Villas for G Wingate: 1899. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Double-storeyed dwellins for E Morgan: 1898. Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Double-storeyed Villas for F Jacob: 1902. Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Houses for A Gotthelf: 1902. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Houses for Thomas Jeary: 1901. Sea Point , Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Single storey dwellings for G Bremner: 1898. Schote Kloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Single-storey cottages for HE Edwards: 1897. Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
2 Single-storey houses for E Edwards: 1898. Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
3 Double-storeyed houses for A Gourlay: 1903. Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
4 Double storeyed cottages for R Caw: 1898. Schotze Kloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
4 Houses for Mrs A Ansley: 1902. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
4 Single-storey dwellings and shop for M Mayers: 1903. Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
6 Double storeyed houses for A Gourlay: 1902. Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
6 Double storeyed villas for RA Falconer: 1898. Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
6 Houses with 1 shop for E Edwards: 1900. Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
8 Double storeyed villas for EA Ross: 1898. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
9 Double storeyed cottages for MC Herman: 1897. Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Bloemhof Seminary (Theological College) alterations: 1905. Stellenbosch, Western Cape - Architect
Christelike Jongelingen-Vereniging : Hofmeyrsaal: 1874. Stellenbosch, Western Cape - Architect
College Library: pre-1905. Stellenbosch, Western Cape - Architect
Conversion of single storeyed residence to double strorey for AW Ross: 1891. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Cottage for G Wingate: 1895. Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Cottage for J Mercer: 1896. Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Cottage Hospital: pre-1905. Stellenbosch, Western Cape - Architect
Double storeyed house with shop for J McGregor: 1899. District Six, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Double storeyed villa for H Hands: 1899. Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Double-storey villa for H de Smidt: 1897. Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Double-storeyed cottage fo A Gourlay: 1903. Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Double-storeyed house for JR Witton: 1901. Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
E Edwards Building: 1900. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
E Edwards Building: 1902. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
EK Green and Co Building: 1899. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Farmer's Shop, Stables and rooms for J cosay: late 1800s : 1902. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Harrison's Bldg: pre-1905. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House 'Bella Vista': late 1800s : 1902. Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House 'Benmore': late 1800? : 1904. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House 'Sans Pareil': late 1800s : 1902. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House for E Edwards: 1900. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House for F Edwards: 1900. Fresnaye, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House for FB Steer: 1899. Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House for LJ Brand: 1900. Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Sir James Sivewright: pre-1905 : pre-1910. Somerset West, Western Cape - Architect pre-1905
Ironmongery Warehouse for Messrs J Robertson and Co.: 1902. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Jas Robertson & Co Bldg: pre-1905. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
JJ Hill & Co's Factory: pre-1905. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Normal College Classroom and Assembly Hall: 1899. Grdens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Normal College Gymnastics Hall: 1898. Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Premises for E Edwards: 1900. De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Premises for TJ Fraser [Shops and Offices]: 1901. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Residence for RG Murray: 1900. Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Royal Hotel and Arcade: pre-1888. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
School: nd. Clanwilliam, Western Cape - Architect
Shop and Factory for Messrs T Fraser and Son: 1899. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shop and Rooming House for TL Fraser: 1902. Distric Six, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shop and stores for TL Fraser: 1902. Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops and dwelling of S Kisselhof (Rebuild): 1901. Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops and dwellings for HM Arderne: 1903. District Six, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops and houses for J Cossay: 1901. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops and office premises for D Stephen: 1903. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops and Offices for J Cosay: 1903. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops and Ofiices for JAS Harrison: 1903. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops and Stores for J Cosay: 1903. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops and Temperance Hotel for J Cosay: 1902. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops for Messrs AB Reid and Co: 1900. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shops for Messrs JJ Hill and Co.: 1901. Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Single-storey cottages (1 with shop) for JT Kingswood: 1900. Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Single-storey dwelling for A Allen: 1900. Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Single-storey dwelling for G Jopp: 1899. Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Single-storey dwelling for TI Fraser: 1902. Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Stables, Coach House and forage loft (etc) for EK Green and Co: 1901. De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Steam Confectionery Works for Messrs JJ Hill and Co: 1897. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Stellenbosch Boys' High School - Paul Roos Gimnasium: c1896. Stellenbosch, Western Cape - Architect
Store (3 storeys) for H Arderne: 1901. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store and stable for Mssrs EK Green and Co: 1901. Te Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store for E Edwards: 1902. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store for HB Duffet: 1898. Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store for J Cosay: 1902. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store for J Cosay: 1902. De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store for J Cosay: 1902. De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store for TJ Fraser: 1901. Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store for TJ Fraser: 1901. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Stores for Messrs Robertson Jas and Co: 1897. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Theological Seminary (Kweekskool): c1900. Stellenbosch, Western Cape - Architect
TI Fraser's Building: pre-1905. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Trading Store for Messrs Trill and Dunns: 1898. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Victoria Nurses' Institute: pre-1903 ; 1903: 1933. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect 1905
Villa 'Torley' for J Jearey: 1898. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for A Benning: 1897. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for A Gourlay: 1901. Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for FB Steer: 1898. Thr Anchor Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for FJG Brand: 1897. Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for G Wingate: 1897. Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for GH Wilson: 1903. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for HB Edwards: 1898. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for J Crane: 1894. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for J Maxwell: 1899. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for J Watson: 1902. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for JA Maconachie: 1892. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for JR Whitton: 1896. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for JR Whitton: 1896. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for P Huskisson: 1893. Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Villa for R Falconer: 1898. Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Warehouse for J Cosay: 1902. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Warehouse for Messrs Boffey Bros: 1901. Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Warehoused for EE Edwards: 1902. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Warehouses for Messrs Robertson and Co.: 1901. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
YMCA Hall: pre-1905. Stellenbosch, Western Cape - Architect
^ Houses for Mrs A Gotthelf: 1903. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect

Books citing ROBERTSON

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pp 57, 62

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880 1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp

CPIA Committee. 1983. The Buildings of Cape Town 1983 : Phase Two. Volume Three : Catalogue and Classification. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pp 115, 202, 203

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp R5

Johnson, Brian Andrew. 1987. Domestic architecture at the Cape, 1892-1912 : Herbert Baker, his associates and his contemporaries. Cape Town: Unpublished Thesis UNISA. pp 389

Martin, Desmond. 2007. Walking Long Street. Cape Town: Struik. pp 58

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pp 58, 77, 91, 92, 134 ill, 135, 136 ill, 137, 139, 171

Radford, D. 1979. The architecture of the Western Cape, 1838 1901. A study of the impact of Victorian aesthetics and technology on South African architecture. Johannesburg: Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Dept of Arch. University of the Witwatersrand. pp 130

Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pp

Swart, Marius J. 1989. Afrikanerbakens. Johannesburg: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge. pp 38-39

Walker, Michael. 2015. Old hotels of Cape Town (1890-1911), The : A history long forgotten, seldom told. St James: Published Privately. pp 51